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June 15, 2013

Airborne 06.14.13: FAA Extorts $447K From EAA, Eurocopter's X3, TIGHAR Denials

Also: Hadfield Retires, Dornier Do 17, Chinook Contract, Boeing Forecast, Wright Memorial

We can't say that this was unexpected but EAA has confirmed that it has entered, reluctantly, into a one time agreement with the FAA to pay them for services required to conduct the annual fly-in. EAA has revealed that, "Facing a spectrum of unpalatable options, EAA today finalized a one-time agreement with the FAA to cover nearly $450,000 in expenses related to air traffic control services at the 2013 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in, which begins on July 29." The Eurocopter X3 hybrid helicopter made history recently by attaining speed milestones of 255 knots i

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Airbus Calls First A350 XWB Flight 'Successful'

Aircraft And Its Engines Perform 'Excellently'

The first A350 XWB to fly landed back at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport France at 1405 hours local time Friday after successfully completing its first flight that lasted four hours and five minutes (245 minutes).

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FAA Re-Opens Comment Period For Draft Airman Certification Standards

Open For Public Comment Through July 8

The FAA has re-opened the comment period on the availability of draft Airman Certification Standards (ACS) documents developed by the Airman Testing Standards and Training WG for the private pilot certificate and the instrument rating. These documents are available for public review, download, and comment.

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GAO Denies Beechcraft Protest Over LAS Contract

Wichita Planemaker Now Shifts Its Focus Beyond The Initial Order

The General Accountability Office (GAO) on Thursday denied Beechcraft Corporation’s protest of the U.S. Air Force contract award to Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and partner Embraer Defense & Security for the Air Force’s Light Air Support (LAS) program. The LAS program is an integral part of the U.S. government’s overall Building Partnership Capacity efforts around the world and immediately supports the development of an indigenous air force in Afghanistan.

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Rockford AirFest Canceled

Labor Day Weekend Show No Longer Planned, Sequestration Cited As The Reason

The Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) announced Friday that plans for a re-scheduled Labor Day Weekend Rockford AirFest have not developed and therefore the event is being canceled. The cancellation is primarily due to the impact of the Federal Government Sequestration budget cuts on Department of Defense and corresponding support of air shows.

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Air Force C-130s Drop 25,000 Gallons Of Retardant On Colorado Fire

First Aerial Firefighting Support Mission Of The 2013 Fire Season

Airmen from the Colorado Air National Guard's 302nd Airlift Wing flew their first aerial firefighting support missions of the year June 12, dropping fire retardant on the growing Black Forest fire in Colorado. 302nd AW aircrews fighting the nearly 9,000-acre blaze performed 10 drops, releasing approximately 25,000 gallons of fire retardant from U.S. Forest Service Modular Airborne Firefighting System-equipped C-130 Hercules, helping to contain the fire's path.

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Students And Teachers Become Rocket Scientists At Wallops

'Rocket Week' Kicks Off Saturday At The Wallops Flight Facility In VA

More than 120 students and educators will delve into the world of rocket science June 15-21 during Rocket Week at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Activities during the week will include a RockOn! workshop for 50 university and community college-level participants, and the Wallops Rocket Academy for Teachers and Students (WRATS) for a high school audience.

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Chinese Teacher Conducts Class From Space Lab In Orbit

Part Of Three-Person Crew Aboard China's Tiangong-1 Outpost

China launched its first teacher into space this week, and the 33-year-old educator has presented a lesson to Chinese elementary and middle school students from the Tiangong-1 outpost. The teacher is Wang Yaping, one of three crewmembers who launched aboard the Shenzhou-10 space vehicle from China's Gobi desert Tuesday.

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Electric Flying Bike Unveiled In Prague

Remote Controlled For Now, But Engineers See A New Choice For Commuters

Maybe Almira Gulch knew something that the rest of us are just catching up to. Three companies in the Czech Republic have come up with a concept they say could be a boon to commuters at some point in the future. The vehicle is essentially a cross between an RC helicopter and a bicycle that could one day carry a person.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.15.13)

"The board and staff evaluated the possibility of putting on a show over Labor Day weekend and the decision was made that without the military support, a show could not be put on to the standard that our audience expected." Source: Mike Dunn, Executive Director at Rockford (IL) International Airport.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.15.13): General Aviation

That portion of civil aviation which encompasses all facets of aviation except air carriers holding a certificate of public convenience and necessity from the Civil Aeronautics Board and large aircraft commercial operators.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.15.13)

Community College Aerospace Scholars

National Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) is a pilot program funded by NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) and administered by NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC).

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